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Richard J. Clark is the Director of Music of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. He is also Chapel Organist (Saint Mary’s Chapel) at Boston College. His compositions have been performed worldwide.
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Giovanni Doni is known for having changed the name of note “Ut,” renaming it “Do.” He convinced his contemporaries to make the change by arguing that 1) “Do” is easier to pronounce than “Ut,” and 2) “Do” is an abbreviation for “Dominus,” the Latin word for the Lord, Who is the tonic and root of the world. There is much academic speculation that Giovanni Doni also wanted to imprint himself into musical canon in perpetuity because “Do” is also ulteriorly an abbreviation for his family name.
— Giovanni Battista Doni died in 1647AD

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“Requiem pour une américaine à Paris” on “Sounds from the Spires”
published 11 October 2013 by Richard J. Clark

NSPIRED BY THE GREGORIAN CHANT propers of the Requiem Mass, the CD Requiem pour une américaine à Paris was recently featured on “Sounds from the Spires” on SIRIUS XM 129 Radio, The Catholic Channel.

Trumpet player, Richard Kelley and I had the opportunity to speak with the program’s host, Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Director of Music for Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. Dr. Pascual is an incredibly down to earth and welcoming host!

PODCAST Listen here to the program broadcast on 10.6.2013:


The CD is available for purchase ($9.99) and for download ($6.93) (Also available on iTunes)

You may listen and follow the scores below on YouTube. (Score available at RJC Cecilia Music)

      YouTube:  I. Introit | Requiem aeternam” [video]
      YouTube:  II. Gradual | Requiem aeternam [video]
      YouTube:  III. Dies Irae [video]
      YouTube:  IV. Jubilis! [video]
      YouTube:  V. Offertory | Domine Jesu Christe” [video]
      YouTube:  VI. Communion | Lux aeterna [video]
      YouTube:  VII. Last Farewell [video]

BONUS PODCAST! Here is my 2012 interview on “Sounds from the Spires.”